Cannabidiol (CBD) a substance famously used by Nate Diaz after UFC 202, has been removed from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) prohibited substances list.
For those who don’t know, CBD is cannabinoid contained in a substance known as cannabis, which is another substance prohibited by WADA.
Diaz, who was caught on camera puffing from a vape pen containing CBD after his fight with UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor at UFC 202, was issued a public warning by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for using the substance.
The change takes effect on January 1 of 2018, which means that for the rest of this year, a fighter can still fail a USADA test if the substance is found in their system.
“Cannabidiol is no longer prohibited,” a WADA official wrote on its website. “Synthetic cannabidiol is not a cannabimimetic; however, cannabidiol extracted from cannabis plants may also contain varying concentrations of THC, which remains a prohibited substance.”
You can see the full rule change for yourself by clicking here.
According to Diaz, the substance does help a person heal from injuries and deal with inflammation.
"It's CBD," Diaz said to MMA Fighting. “It helps with the healing process and inflammation, stuff like that. So you want to get these for before and after the fights, training. It'll make your life a better place.”
There is no word from WADA or USADA officials on exactly what lead to removing CBD from the prohibited substances list.